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Cooking keeps Andre driven


Added 25 August 2019


Andre Nurse is looking to do bigger and better things going forward. (Picture by Krystal Hoyte)

The first meal chef Andre Nurse prepared was a “one, two, three.”

But there was absolutely nothing simple about that dish, especially since he was just 16 years old. He recalls the potatoes and lamb were bursting with flavour – a meal that left everyone wowed.

“I marinated everything together and put it in a dish at the right temperature and that was it, simple but very delicious. I did that meal when I was home alone with my mother. Then I did it again when I went overseas for my family members and they were all blown away. They were wowed by seeing a young person in the kitchen cooking so well. Seeing their reaction made me realise this was something that I could do for a living,” he said.

It was at that point that Andre made up in his mind he would pursue a career in culinary arts. But the passion for cooking started many years before even before he decided he wanted to become a chef full-time.

“I started at a very early age but got more serious about it around 16 or so or even younger. I was raised by my mum and she was a single parent. She is a chef. Having the opportunity to see her in the kitchen at home or at work, I took the opportunity to choose that profession because I love my tummy,” he said with a laugh. (DB)

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